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  1. It also looks like abeille wood with a reddish finish.
  2. Thats where the grey area comes in again, a general auction house that sells everything from fridges to bottles of wine honestly wouldnt be expected to accurately describe an instrument but an auction house that specialise and advertises years of combined experience in that specific field should know what minor repairs mean and if they are going to say anything at all then they should be acurate . But in reality that doesnt always happen.
  3. I would sort of agree with you but its a very grey area. Especially as regards to when they started the culture of online auctions. But has you`d supposedly examined it(though i dont know your personal experience of instrument examination),it would limit your options. If your that way inclined you can make a small claims case of it which doesnt cost much but not guaranteed to work but may do if you were just asking for some compensation ,say to get the repair done. Its a while since i sudied the sale of goods act relevant to auctions. Ive been `stung` myself a few times before ,but could put it down to my own stupidity but it still annoyed me for a while. What i totally agree with you is if as you say they were /are totally avoiding your correspondance. Thats very common when theres a problem between a seller and a buyer.
  4. I think this has been discussed quite a few times but often feels like `flogging a dead horse`. There are also other woods with similar looking cell structure to pernambuco, so that used alone without using colour ,grain structure isnt always a precise way.
  5. Sounds like the frog is already off if she can see the broken eyelet screw.
  6. The sold lots are actually slightly up on the same auction last year . oct 2016 81.8% , Nov 2017 93.3% , Nov 2018 84..6 %, Nov 2019 85.6 % The last two T2 auctions for comparison have been 100% and 99.6% .
  7. Just a bit of sleuthing though being in the Uk i dont even know where New Britain is!
  8. I think i got it, there was dentist who i believe was also an amateur maker called Ralph C. Dunham. There is one results on skinner.
  9. She has a masters degree in string instrument conservation , rather different thing in Germany to a so called Master Luthier. Joe got it right but still not the same i think as what the Germans call an instrument maker.
  10. The pegbox has been cheeked along both sides in a rather odd way, looks to be covering the neck graft.
  11. Last time i corresponded with him (Gotting)he was using some sort of resinates,that was quite a while back though and he still has the same photos on his site as back then.
  12. The acid in sweat easily corrodes away mother of pearl/abalone due to the constant contact ,unlike the pearl slide..
  13. Lotte was another maker of pillot bows. Most Pillot bows were sold through the J Lavest shop.